About Us

On Co-op is the hub of information for, and about, Ontario’s English-speaking co-operatives and credit unions. It is the trade association and capacity-building organization for Ontario's 1,300 co-operatives.  On Co-op is a co-operative with a membership base of over 60 co-ops, federations and sector stakeholders. When the members of our own members are included, On Co-op represents about 85% of the co-operatives in Ontario.

The Ontario Co-operative Association [On Co-op(tm)] is the only organization to bring together ALL of Ontario’s English-speaking co-operatives and credit unions for education, support, development, information-sharing and celebration. By fostering cross-sector networking, On Co-op promotes co-operation amongst co-operatives. And, by working and acting together as a co-ordinated group, Ontario's co-ops have a higher profile with the public, government and each other. The Association encourages diversity in its membership—everyone adds something, and everyone learns something!

The Members, Supporters, Friends and stakeholders of On-Co-op include agriculture, finance, insurance, consumer, energy, child care, housing, transportation and social co-operatives as well as co-op developers and funders, lawyers and other co-op champions. Individual co-ops, co-op associations/federations, and sector stakeholders and partners are also part of the Association.

Members are generally based in Ontario and/or do business in Ontario. Much of On Co-op's membership is made up of associations or federations of co-operatives (such as GROWMARK, Inc., the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada, Ontario Student Co-operative Housing Association and the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation) or credit unions (Central 1 Credit Union and Credit Union Central of Canada). Through our membership, we represent approximately 85% of English-speaking co-operatives in Ontario.

Co-operatives, credit unions, caisses populaires, co-op associations/federations, co-op champions and sector stakeholders and partners may join the Association. Individuals may also join. On Co-op is itself a co-operative, created in 2002. It was originally formed in 1989 as CCA Ontario Region.

On Co-op is one of nine CMC-affiliated provincial co-operative associations which serve English-speaking co-operatives and co-op member organizations across Canada. On Co-op also works closely with its Ontario Francophone counterpart - le Conseil de la cooperation de l'Ontario (CCO). On June 18, 2013, Co-op and CCO signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on projects in areas including education, government relations and co-operative development. (see file link below)

The Ontario Co-operative Association is also member of the following organizations:

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Please note that On Co-op is not the successor to -nor offshoot of -  the United Co-operatives of Ontario (UCO). The assets of UCO were acquired by GROWMARK, Inc. in the mid-1990's.  Any inquiries related to UCO should be directed to the Kitchener, Ontario offices of GROWMARK at 519-895-4200.


Co-op Principles in Plain Language

Oct 15, 2014 - The co-op principles are the foundation of co-operatives worldwide. To make them more accessible and easy to understand, On Co-op presents a plain-language translation of each of the seven international principles.

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North York Co-op Roundtable

Oct 23, 2014 - The Ontario Co-operative Association (On Co-op) is hosting 30 local co-op roundtables throughout the province. This event is one of five roundtables happening in the Greater Toronto Area.

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The On Co-op e-Directory is a comprehensive listing of more than 1,300 Ontario-based Co-operatives, Credit Unions and Caisse Populaires. Search by city, name, type of co-op or keyword.

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At On Co-op, we make it our mission to provide information that leads, cultivates and connects to the co-operative sector.